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R. Mason (25)
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G. Rodríguez (81 og)
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FULL TIME! Spurs close out an emphatic 3-0 win over Fiorentina, with the home side in control throughout the second leg at White Hart Lane. La Viola crash out of the Europa League due to a 4-1 aggregate defeat, with goals from Mason, Lamela and a Rodriguez own goal sealing the Serie A outfit's fate. That's all that we have time for, we hope to see you again next time.
We're into the first of three minutes of second-half stoppage time.
Davies gets into the referee's book for a scrappy challenge, as Spurs look to close this one out.
Good save from Tatarusanu! Eriksen is denied at the back post, after neat link-up play between Onomah and Davies! The Denmark international takes aim with a low drive, but the Romanian shot-stopper scrambles low to parry a brilliant stop away!
Mason manages to get on the end of a dropping ball on the edge of the visiting penalty area, resulting in a crashing volley towards Fiorentina's net! Tatarusanu rises acrobatically to tip a reasonable save over the bar and behind for a corner. The resulting set-piece comes to nothing.
Winks is given a few first-team minutes, with Mason withdrawn after an all-action performance.
We're into the final five minutes at White Hart Lane, with Fiorentina waiting for this ordeal to be over. Zarate is picked out on the edge of the box by Fernandez, but an overhit pass out to the left-hand side kills the momentum of the move. La Viola aren't letting their heads drop.
Bentaleb is introduced for the dying minutes, with the Algeria international coming on in place of Alli.
Mati Fernandez is given the last five minutes or so of normal time, with Badelj hooked off. Sousa is throwing caution to the wind.
Spurs are happy to keep the ball among their back four, with Fiorentina appearing to have absolutely no way back into this contest now. Even a consolation goal looks unlikely, given that Kalinic hasn't had much luck throughout the entire fixture. Bentaleb is readying himself on the touchline.
THREE GOALS FOR SPURS! Own goal from Rodriguez! Fiorentina's miseries are compounded by their own captain, with the Argentine defender only able to divert a back-post cross off the underside of his own crossbar and into the back of Tatarusanu's net! This is spiralling out of control for La Viola.
We're into the final 10 minutes at White Hart Lane, with Spurs close to what would be a fantastic Europa League result. Pochettino's men continue to put pressure on, but a back-post square ball from Alli is ushered to safety well by Alonso.
Alli now sees yellow too, with the ex-MK Dons midfielder penalised for a shove on Rodriguez. It appeared to be more the reaction of the Englishman that earned him the booking, as opposed to what looked to be a nothing tackle.
Lamela trudges off, following a vital contribution to tonight's second leg, with Onomah freshening up the hosts' forward line.
Eriksen unleashes a left-footed effort from the edge of the box, but the ball thuds into Astori! Spurs pick up the pieces, with Mason fed possession at a similar range, but the hosts' goalscorer can only fire horrendously into the stands behind Tatarusanu's net. Not long remains for Fiorentina to orchestrate a major comeback.
Valero is sacrificed for the away side, with Kuba injected into the fray. The Poland international might just be able to stretch things a little more, given that he is an orthodox wide player.
Zarate causes some problems! The former West Ham striker dribbles his way into the penalty area, before beating Trippier all ends up! Instead of shooting, the Argentine substitute shifts the ball onto his left foot, but can then only cannon a low drive into the awaiting body of Wimmer! From the resulting corner, Lloris is easily able to claim under little pressure.
Spurs win themselves a corner on the right-hand side, but Tatarusanu is fouled and the visitors get themselves a timely free-kick. Alonso is released down the left-hand side as La Viola look to hare upfield on the counter, but the ex-Bolton full-back can only kick over the corner flag, rather than whip in a dangerous delivery.
Sousa's men are trying to play with more urgency and vigour, but Spurs continue to look organised and tough to break down. Dier gives away possession in a dangerous area, with Kalinic pouncing on it, but Alderweireld steps out to make a brilliant challenge.
Alonso and Valero combine down the left-hand side, with the latter curling a dangerous cross in towards the near post! Alderweireld takes no chances, with the former Ajax defender planting a headed clearance out for a corner. The resulting set-piece is taken short and then whipped in, but Dier heads away.
There's a brief stoppage in play, with Tomovic going down heavily, but the Serbian right-back should be fine to continue. Spurs know that they have this tie in their own hands now, with Pochettino's men merely having to see the last 25 minutes out in professional fashion.
GOOOOOOOOOOOAL! LAMELA MAKES IT 2-0! Tatarusanu does well to parry a powerful strike, but the Romanian goalkeeper can only pus the ball out into a dangerous area! Alli fails to pounce upon the rebound, with the loose possession bobbling towards Eriksen and Lamela. The Argentina international swivels smartly from 12 yards out, curling a neat finish inside the left-hand post!
Zarate is introduced by Sousa, with La Viola needing to change things if they are to fight their way back into this contest.
Trippier tries to break away down the right-hand side, with the ex-Burnley right-back clipped ever so slightly by the recovering Alonso. The referee has little option but to book the Spanish defender.
Over the crossbar from Bernardeschi! The Italian jinks infield from the right-hand side, before seeing a dipping strike head into the stands behind Lloris' goal! With Kalinic and Valero scampering towards the back post, their teammate might have been better to try and swing in a cross.
Tatarusanu makes a simple save, before attempting to release Kalinic on a quick break. The Croatian striker does well to take neat touches beyond two defenders, but Ilicic then fails to deliver a telling cross from the left-hand side.
Alli drives to the edge of the box, before letting fly, but a deflection off Rodriguez takes the ball wide of the far post. The resulting corner is swung in towards the near post, but evades everyone! Spurs pick up the scraps through Alderweireld, but the aforementioned Fiorentina defender comes across to make a fantastic sliding tackle to deny the Belgian centre-back.
Alli finds Eriksen making tracks down the right-hand side, with the Dane clipping a teasing cross into the box! Rodriguez rises highest to head a looping clearance up into the air, with Tatarusanu getting under the falling ball. Pochettino's men continue to look the most likely to net the second of the evening.
Kalinic is the target of a long throughball, but Alderweireld watches the pass over his shoulder, before putting it out of play for a throw-in. Badelj is picked out around 30 yards from goal moments later, but the Croatian midfielder can only rattle a very powerful strike into a ruck of defenders. Lloris remains well protected.
Eriksen is released down the right-hand side, but Alonso does well to make a challenge and deny the Denmark international. Alli is found on the periphery of the penalty area, but the Englishman turns infield before being unceremoniously left in a heap on the floor. A competitive start to the second period!
Fiorentina try to fire on all cylinders from the off, with Sousa's men needing a huge 45 minutes if they are to turn this one around. Ilicic manages to feed Bernardeschi to the right byline, but the Italian wide man is forced inside and then sees an attempted cross-cum-shot blocked with ease.
We are back underway in the second half in London! Fiorentina need at least one goal to make a game of this, with Pochettino's men well-measured and professional in their approach to a difficult fixture thus far.
HALF-TIME! Spurs head into the break with a 1-0 lead, given to them by a rather low-quality finish from Mason! The Englishman broke the deadlock, with Lloris having little to do since Fiorentina fell behind. Clear-cut chances and quality in the final third has been hard to come by at White Hart Lane.
Tomovic now sees yellow, with the Serbian defender spotted butting heads with Davies! The Fiorentina right-back might just be lucky to still be on this pitch.
There is one minute of stoppage time.
Fiorentina just can't seem to break down the home side, with Kalinic only sporadically involved by hopeful long passes forward. Alonso breaks to the byline, before trying to lift a cross in from the left, but Trippier makes a block to concede a corner. The set-piece is cleared, but La Viola keep the pressure on, with an eventual throughball from Bernardeschi heading straight out for a goal-kick.
Alli is found making an early run in behind the Fiorentian back four, with the England international put into the clear by a Lloris clearance. Fortunately for the visitors, Spurs' midfielder is offside. Moments later, Valero is picked out making a run into the hosts' box, but Lloris is quick off his line to smother ahead of the Spaniard.
Fiorentina fill the box from the resulting free-kick, but Valero is the target at the near post! The former Real Betis midfielder flicks a header goalwards, but it can only nestle in the side netting, rather than cause Lloris any trouble. The France international goalkeeper is yet to have a troubling save to make.
Trippier picks up a yellow card for a scrappy tackle on Alonso, with two of the Spurs back four now on a booking. That could come back to bite the former Man City defender.
Alli gets hold of the ball in the box, before using some neat footwork to put it onto his left foot! A curling attempt from the Englishman is deflected, with Chadli only able to flick a tame header into the awaiting grasp of Tatarusanu. Another wasted half chance from the hosts, who need a second goal to put this tie beyond doubt.
Tomovic lifts a long ball down the line for Bernardeschi to chase, but the Italian wide man is unable to prevent the pass from going behind for a goal-kick. Neither side have had much craft and guile in the final third, with that move just going to prove that some players might need to settle into this contest further.
Both coaches are looking animated in their technical areas, with this contest continuing to be a hard-fought and competitive affair. Bernardeschi is fouled by Dier, with Fiorentina having the chance to press players upfield as a result, but the resulting delivery is instantly cleared. The away outfit just can't seem to force Lloris into a save.
With less than a quarter of an hour to play in the first half, Spurs look good value for their aggregate lead. An equaliser from La Viola, however, and the hosts are right the way back to square one. Kalinic tries to scamper in behind enemy lines, but Alderweireld is alert to hook a timely clearance over his shoulder!
The referee is forced to get involved briefly, to ensure that the lid stays on any emotions in this affair. Spurs break down the right flank, with Trippier curling a speculative cross into the penalty area. Chadli goes tumbling into a heap off the ball, claiming a push from Rodriguez, but the official gives the free-kick in the opposite direction! There didn't appear to be much in that at all.
There's a slight break in play, with Astori going down injured in the aftermath of Mason's opener. After a bright opening half an hour, Pochettino's men definitely deserve their lead, with the home fans responding to a positive start to proceedings. The ball is definitely in Fiorentina's court now.
Alli manages to stab a low pass into the path of his overlapping teammate, who promptly does the rest in style.
GOOOOOOOOOOAL! MASON MAKES IT 1-0! The England international is found making a run into the penalty area, after good interplay between Chadli and Alli! The Spurs midfielder strolls into the box, before opening his body up and sliding a low finish across Tatarusanu and into the back of the net!
Alli breaks to the right byline, getting beyond Valero easily, but attempting to hammer a low cross into the six-yard box! The former MK Dons midfielder places his delivery too close to the goalkeeper, however, with Tatarusanu making a simple claim.
Ilicic is found out on the right-hand side, with the Slovenia international jinking inside and onto his left foot! The Fiorentina midfielder tries to bend a finish just inside Lloris' far upright, but the ball zips just shy of the target. That's the closest that the visitors have come thus far.
Fiorentina open play out to the left-hand side, with Alonso found in space out near the touchline. The Spanish wing-back tries to curl a cross into the penalty area, but Lloris claims with ease. Spurs respond with a counter, but a heavy pass into the box from Alli is smothered by the Fiorentina goalkeeper. No final ball on show at present.
Spurs work their way down the right-hand side, but Trippier is stood up well and dispossessed by Valero. The hosts are forced to change their angle of attack, but Eriksen can only sting the gloves of Tatarusanu with a 25-yard strike! Pochettino can be pleased with the possession his side are enjoying at present.
Wimmer picks up the first caution of the evening, with the Austrian defender diving into a poorly timed, lunging tackle. Ilicic shoots from the resulting free-kick, but Lloris saves with ease.
This first half has been quite cagey thus far, with Fiorentina set up fairly negatively. Kalinic is being left to chase lost causes and speculative escape balls, with the Croatia international yet to really get a pass into feet. Chadli is also currently starved of attention from his supporting cast.
Spurs move through the heart of the midfield, courtesy of some lovely interplay, before Eriksen is penalised for using his hand to control the ball! Fiorentina respond with a foray down the right-hand side, but the home side are keeping things very tight indeed. Marcos Alonso swings a cross in from the opposite flank, but Wimmer gets ahead of Kalinic to make a much-needed clearance.
Wide from Dier! The England international rises well at the near post to meet a corner delivery, but the defensive midfielder can only flick a speculative header well beyond the target! Alli tries to stretch in at the far upright to net a poacher's effort, but the ball evades him cruelly.
Spurs win themselves a free-kick on the left-hand side, but Lamela can only dip a terrible cross into the first man. The hosts are seeing more of the ball, with Fiorentina forced onto the back foot at present. Pochettino's men are playing with confidence, but Chadli is yet to get hold of any service in a dangerous area of the field.
Tatarusanu does well to claim a Trippier cross from the right flank, before the Romanian goalkeeper attempts to release Kalinic immediately! Alderweireld does well to beat the former Dnipro striker in the air, however. Chances have been few and far between the embryonic minutes in London.
Trippier is forced to concede a corner on the right-hand side, with Fiorentina able to load the box with purple shirts as a result. Valero delivers the set-piece, but Mason heads clear at the near post. La Viola pick up the scraps on the edge of the box, but a long-range strike from Vecino heads into the stands!
Eriksen tries to break down the right-hand side, with the former Ajax midfielder flicking a neat header into the path of the overlapping Alli. The England international looks to earn his side a corner, but inside ends up shepherding the ball out of play for a Fiorentina goal-kick.
Davies breaks down the left-hand side, but the Welsh full-back's eventual cross is cut out at the near post by Rodriguez. Moments earlier, Kalinic almost benefitted from a deflected pass that looked to bounce in behind Spurs' lines, but Lloris was quick off his line to nullify the danger.
We are underway in the first half at White Hart Lane! The hosts have an away goal to their name, but the following 90 minutes need to see Spurs putting in a professional European performance. Fiorentina will be hungry for a result, given their excellent campaign to date.
Fiorentina substitutes: Fernandez, Zarate, Pasqual, Satalino, Lezzerini, Babacar, Blaszczykowski.
Fiorentina starting line-up (4-3-3): Tatarusanu; Tomovic, Rodriguez, Astori, Alonso; Vecino, Badelj, Valero; Bernardeschi, Kalinic, Ilicic.
Spurs substitutes: Son, Bentaleb, Winks, Carter-Vickers, Rose, Onomah, Vorm.
Spurs starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Davies; Dier, Mason; Eriksen, Alli, Lamela; Chadli.
TEAM NEWS: Sousa appears to have opted for a back four tonight, with Nenad Tomovic and Marcos Alonso slotting in at full-back. Matias Vecino, Milan Badelj and Borja Valero make up a predictable central midfield three, with Josip Ilicic and Bernardeschi looking to play higher upfield. Nikola Kalinic is given the nod to lead the line, with the likes of Mauro Zarate and Khouma Babacar on the bench.
TEAM NEWS: Ben Davies is preferred to Danny Rose at left-back for the hosts, with Ryan Mason slotting into defensive midfield alongside Eric Dier. Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela will look to try and cause problems in the wide areas, with Nacer Chadli named as a lone striker. Both Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen are key absentees for the English outfit, who need their deputies to step up to the plate tonight.
After a 1-0 FA Cup defeat at the hands of Crystal Place, Mauricio Pochettino's men need to raise their spirits ahead of what could be one of the more important games of their current season. La Viola, meanwhile, are seven games unbeaten in all competitions, with such form leaving the visitors merely six points off the title pace in Serie A.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of Fiorentina's Europa League second-leg visit to the English capital, as Spurs play host to Paulo Sousa's men at White Hart Lane. The first fixture of this tie ended at 1-1, with goals from Nacer Chadli and Filippo Bernardeschi ensuring that there is still all to play for this evening.